Christmas Tree Lighting in Rittenhouse Square
Illuminating Rittenhouse Square for the holidays
Thursday, December 3, 2015
The Tree Lighting Ceremony features holiday entertainment, character visits, complimentary roasted chestnuts, Santa Claus and plenty of holiday surprises. The Christmas Tree itself is more than 30 feet tall.
Once Santa flips the switch, Rittenhouse Square will be illuminated by 5,000 brilliant, multi-colored globes. These holiday lights will join Philadelphia’s largest Christmas Tree — located in the center of the Square — to make Rittenhouse Square one of Center City’s most festive public spaces for the holidays.
Holidays on the Square
Start the day shopping along Rittenhouse Row. Then make your way to Rittenhouse Square at dusk, where carolers and hot chocolate will have you toasting season.
Afterwards, eat, drink and be merry — and take advantage of happy hour and the fine dining options offered at Rittenhouse Square’s restaurants, lounges and bars.
More Holiday Events and Activities
Looking for even more fun this holiday season? Check out our Guide to the Holidays in Philadelphia for special events, annual traditions and holiday shopping ideas. Take advantage of all the holiday fun the city has to offer with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, a two-night stay with FREE hotel parking.
In the neighborhood
1800 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
- The Rittenhouse
- Hotel Palomar Philadelphia
- Sofitel Philadelphia
- Inn at the Union League
- The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
- Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia
- The Westin Philadelphia
- ROOST Apartment Hotel
- DoubleTree By Hilton Philadelphia Center City
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Museums & Attractions
Broad and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102
- The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
- Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Adolph and Rose Levis Sports Museum
- The PFS Roxy Theater
- Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
- Mütter Museum
- Pennsylvania Ballet Presents
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
- The Academy of Vocal Arts
- Art in the Open
- The Philadelphia Orchestra
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Restaurants & Dining